MERGE PIPING HOT. Vendors brave the heat outside the San Juan Nepomuceno Parish Church in Sum-ag, Bacolod City, to sell fresh “talaba (oysters)” to residents and passers by.* (Jose Tan Jr. photo)

NPA assassins eyed
in killing of councilor



The Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office is looking into the possibility of the Special Partisan Unit (SPARU) of the New People's Army being behind the killing of Councilor Paulo Edison Dela Rita Monday in Guihulngan City.

Dela Rita succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, after he was shot by two motorcycle-riding suspects in Sitio Lo-oc, Brgy. Poblacion, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

Police probers are also looking into the angle of politics, but Senior Supt. Edwin Portento, provincial police director of Negros Oriental, said yesterday that they are entertaining the possibility that NPA assassins had killed Dela Rita.moremoremore

Ruling urged on WV
fare hike petition


Regional Director Richard Osmeña of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said he was in Manila yesterday to try to hasten action on the petition of transport groups for a fare rate increase in Western Visayas.

Osmeña had earlier recommended a P9 fare increase for Region 6 that is awaiting a LTFRBcentral office decision.

The petition of the Iloilo transport groups was for a fare hike to P10 while the National Economic and Development Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry wanted P8 so he recommended P9 to the LTFRB central office, Osmeñareiterated.moremoremore


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DOLE to mediate in settlement
of P129-M Maricalum ‘scraps’

The Department of Labor and Employment-Western Visayas will mediate among the three factions of a worker's group in the defunct Maricalum Mining Corp. tomorrow in Bacolod City, that involves P129 million worth (scrap value) of unserviceable equipment and deteriorated structure in the mine site in Brgy. San Jose, Sipalay, Negros Occidental.

Regional director Johnson Cañete said the settlement that will involve three factions of the National Mines and Allied Workers Union (NAMAWU)-Local 103 will give them a neutral venue to air their sentiments regarding the problem on how to utilize mine equipment and machineries.

He also junked earlier reports that Abraham Javier's group is the only legitimate group that has the privilege to utilize the unserviceable equipment and deteriorated structures found in Maricalum, as there are two more groups from the labor union that want to claim it.